Ten finalists from nearly 600 entries pitched their new inventions to a panel of judges but only one would be named USF’s top innovator. This year the honor went to Mica Jadick for her cereal sifting device that filtered out the crumbs that make the last bowl of cereal unpalatable. Second place went to George Seits for his French-fry condiment holder. Third place went to Katie Warren for her Boo Boo Baboon which is a plush toy that holds a cold-pack around a child’s arm or leg to help with an injury. The judges further awarded a special recognition to Jonathan Ullom for his device to safely clear clogs of grass from lawn mowers.
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Keely Karnes took home the Outback Top Trademark Award for HEAR-RINGS™ which is her brand for audio ear buds that integrate with earring jewelry. MOSI’s president Wit Ostrenko awarded all finalists annual family memberships to Tampa’s Museum of Science and Industry.
2011 USF Young Innovator champion Marissa Streng received her utility patent award from USF President Genshaft. Marissa has commercialized her dog drying invention which is currently for sale under the federally trademarked brand, Puff-N-Fluff.
The ten finalists were:
- Cooper Tharrington Sound Asleep Clock
- George Seits Built-In French-Fry Condiment Holder SECOND PLACE
- Grace Larson Portable Hitching Post for Dogs
- Jonathan Ullom Mower Chute Clearer SPECIAL RECOGNITION
- Katie Warren Boo Boo Baboon THIRD PLACE
- Keeley Karnes Hear-rings
- Mica Jadick Cereal Container that Removes Crumbs FIRST PLACE
- Nicholas Boyd Safe Teen Driver System
- Prerna Ravinder The Back Benefactor
- Stamatina Liristis Scratch O Matic